I am listening…I feel myself, hear myself becoming more calm.
Do you ever hear the pulsing in your head when you are trying to relax, trying to declutter the thoughts running rampant through your mind?And when you think you have conquered your mind you hear loudly the thump, thump, still not allowing the focus you desperately need. It’s as much a distraction as the clutter…….
The clouds in my mind are clearing up so that I can hear again, see again, without all the noise of all that is around me. The worry of what I need to do, how I look, if my house is clean, if I’ve made everything as beautiful as I can.
I hear “silence your heart and do God’s will”. I am trying to have that gentle and quiet spirit that we are implored to have in 1Peter 3:5: “Clothe yourself instead with the beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.” If I am to do His will I need a quiet, still spirit so that I may see the beauty in the task that He lays out before me, not what the world dictates as beauty, accomplishment, success even, that keeps me in a never-ending cycle of brainlessness.
I am dancing, I am singing, I am rejoicing yet sitting still. I am loving, I am healing, I am becoming whole in He who delights in me. Zephaniah 3:17: “The Lord your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you in gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”
All around I see beauty. There is beauty in the colors that paint our world. There is beauty in the wind through the trees. I am amazed at the beauty and the ultimate visual of being still, seen in the calm of a hummingbird lighted in the palm of a human hand. Only God can cause that. He can do the same for you and me!
I am able to rest in this beauty, to calm my mind.
Yes, my mind is again able to focus on becoming fruitful for all that God intended.
I am seeing results, no longer diverting attention to tasks that keep me busy but accomplish nothing! (Refer to Toni Kelliher’s post for great insight on what “busy” really is.)
I am becoming more focused and in tune with where my time and energy are best spent. I am realizing and striving hard to not set aside even for a moment what God is asking me to do.
In my stillness, in my calm I am hearing to prioritize intercession for others. I will not just say I will pray for them but I will also pray with them. I am believing for wrongs made right globally as well as right here for those I know. I am believing for healing, for less harm and destruction. I am asking, no, crying out, for unification; for relationships mended, restored. I am praying for division to cease.
Be still and hear what He asks of you. Speak through the authority of our Heavenly Father who stills us, who clears our minds of all the world shouts out at us, so that we may combat its chaos with the peace, the love, and the beauty of who He is in us and encourage others to do the same.
This is the only way we can do His will. We have to quiet our minds – stop the energy zapping zaniness!!
I am calmed enough to sing praises to my Lord even in the midst of all there is to do. I am breathing a breath of fresh air, breathing in the essence of who He is, the calm, the quiet, the peace, the love.
Spring is here! The grass is green, flowers unfurl in brilliant hues poking their heads from the earth. Branches sway to and fro as if keeping time with a sweet lullaby for the nests of new life that are tucked amongst them. They have been still, they have rested in the goodness of the Father until it was time to present themselves to be what they were created to be…….
Now it is our time to do the same.